Englewood Jazz Festival nurtures, celebrates local talent

Englewood Jazz Festival nurtures, celebrates local talent
Englewood Jazz Festival nurtures, celebrates local talent

Englewood Jazz Festival nurtures, celebrates local talent

Chicago’s music festival season continues Saturday with an event that’s entering its 16th year — The Englewood Jazz Festival. The Englewood Jazz Fest was founded by saxophone player Ernest Dawkins, who’s also a composer, bandleader and educator. Part of his mission is to get people to recognize that there are other things going on in Englewood beyond, as he says, “what you hear in the news.” Dawkins has put an emphasis on nurturing young talent, and the list of players in his big band that have gone on to have stellar careers is pretty impressive. Ernest Dawkins is in studio with a preview of the lineup. (Flickr/Bryan Thompson)